The Power of Smile ™ Oral Health Library

Stay up to date on the current topics and trends in dentistry. Articles are updated regularly on topics that discuss the importance of oral health as it relates to overall health from our team of experts.






Meet The Clinicians



Learn about current topics and trends in dentistry and the importance of oral health as it relates to overall health from our team of experts.



Eileen Crespo, MD

Dr. Eileen Crespo is the Vice President of Medical Services at Delta Dental of Minnesota. Dr. Crespo is a practicing pediatrician of 20 years. She is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a member of the Board of Directors at Children’s Dental Service and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Nirmala Prabhu, DMD

Dr. Nirmala Prabhu (Dr. Nina) is the Vice President of Dental Services at Delta Dental of Minnesota. Prior to joining Delta Dental of Minnesota, Dr. Nina was the Director of National Dental Policy and Surveillance and Utilization Review Subsystem (SURS) at Delta Dental of California for 18 years.



R. Bruce Templeton, DMD

Dr. Bruce Templeton is an oral surgeon and has served both on the board and as a medical consultant for Delta Dental of Minnesota since 2011. Dr. Templeton has served as both the Chief of Dentistry and Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and as a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.






Recent Articles




November 26th, 2022

TMJ Awareness Month

November is TMJ Awareness Month. Explore some of the causes, symptoms and possibly solutions in this blog. Be sure to seek help from your doctor or dentist if you experience TMJ pain.

November 21st, 2022

Thanksgiving cravings to make you smile

Even when enjoying festive foods and drinks, you can still care for your oral health. Here are some ideas for creating a more healthy plate this Thanksgiving.

November 1st, 2022

Mouthwash – ask a dentist!

We ask questions around a specific dental health practice or product and a dentist answers. The topic: mouthwash

October 20th, 2022

Scare away cavities this Halloween

Enjoy the costumes, jack-o-lanterns, tricks and treats this Halloween, but scare away cavities with our fang-tastic oral health tips!

October 11th, 2022

What's new in dentistry?

Even with 10,000 years of history, the practice of dentistry is still evolving as new technology and methods are proven effective in the field. Here are a few big updates you may or may not have experienced at your last dental visit.

September 20th, 2022

Mental health & your smile - the connection

You may be aware of the strong connection between your oral health and your overall health, but have you considered that the same connection exists between mental health and your oral health?

September 6th, 2022

What kind of toothbrush should I buy?

Are you uncertain when it comes to choosing the best toothbrush for you? There are pros to every type of toothbrush, whether they are manual or electric. Here are a few things to consider to help you decide the best fit for your mouth.

August 12th, 2022

Monkeypox guidelines to keep you safe

As monkeypox continues to spread, there are steps and precautions you can take to stay safe. Dentists and doctors have been instructed to screen for oral lesions or rashes.

August 2nd, 2022

Dentures - options and care

Natural teeth can be replaced by full dentures that can be non-implant retained or implant retained. Learn about the options available to replace missing teeth and the care needed to ensure the best results from your dentures.

July 21st, 2022

Rehydration - which drinks are best for your oral health?

Rehydration is the replacement of fluids and electrolytes lost via exercise, illness or other conditions that can deplete the body. While there are many different rehydration choices, it’s important to know which ones are best for your oral health .

July 11th, 2022

10 Tips for Oral Health and Pregnancy

As you incorporate new habits and changes to your lifestyle in order to ensure the health of you and your baby, be sure that you are also considering your oral health! Studies have shown strong correlations between the oral health of parents and children - even during pregnancy. Use these tips to care for yourself, and to give your little one a head start toward a healthy smile.

June 8th, 2022

Cannabis (marijuana) and your oral health

Some research and studies have shown that marijuana use can have positive medical effects, but how does its use impact your oral health? Using marijuana can cause problems such as dry mouth, gum disease and even thrush. Find out about the possible risks and some tips to keep in mind to try to minimize damage to your mouth.